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FIACONA writes to President Trump on the eve of his India trip.

Feb 20, STATEMENT

FIACONA has written to President Trump yesterday expressing deep concerns about the rapid deterioration of the rule of law in Mr. Modi’s regime in India where Christians are assaulted, intimidated and even killed by his party supporters. Christian properties are damaged, demolished or burnt by members of Mr. Modi’s party with police often taking the side of the Hindu party. The judiciary is also largely intimidated, bought or undermined by the Hindu nationalist party officials causing common people to lose faith in it....

Narrow, divisive cultural nationalism is not patriotism: Catholic Bishops of India

Feb 20 Matters India

India’s Catholic bishops on February 19 concluded their 34 biennial plenary, asserting that none has the right to question patriotism of any citizen on subjective grounds.
“We believe that patriotism is different from narrow and divisive cultural nationalism, which is radically different from Constitutional nationalism,” stated 192 members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI). The bishops’ assertion came in the backdrop of a raging controversy over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)....

Eight Christians charged with kidnapping and forced conversions acquitted in Madhya Pradesh, India

Feb 20 Christianity Today

Eight Christians charged with kidnapping 60 children for forcibly converting them to Christianity were acquitted on February 18 by the criminal court in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh.
The six men and two women falsely accused of the crime they never committed were arrested in May 2017 while they were accompanying a group of tribal children to a Bible summer camp in Nagpur. Now, after more than two and a half years, justice has been granted to the condemned and the court has acquitted them as innocents........

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They called us traitors’: In MP, a teenager is among 10 people charged with forced conversions.

Feb 18 20202 Scroll India

In May 2019, a group escorting children from Jhabua to a camp in Nagpur was accused of trying to convert them – even though their parents said they were Christian.
Almost six months after Pandusingh Vasuniya and nine others had been arrested by the railway police in the Madhya Pradesh town of Ratlam, the small-built farmer was still incredulous. “I had my own sons with me but the police still said that we were going to sell our own children,” said Vasuniya, 31, who lives in Jhabua district. “Would any parent do it?”
Vasuniya was recounting the events that unfolded on May 22, when he was escorting 60 children ...” 

Modi Government must listen to voices of protest : Ahluwaliah

Feb 17 National Herald

He says the Citizenship Amendment Act and possible creation of a National Register of Citizens have led to large-scale protests from students and the youth in many parts of the country
Ahluwalia, who served as one of India's senior economic policymakers for three decades, makes these observations in his latest book "Backstage: The Story behind India's High Growth Years" which traverses the politics, personalities, events and crises in the country's recent history.
He asserts that there is an urgent need to create an environment of social harmony. "To create an environment conducive to the revival of investment it is necessary for the....

Elderly pastor brutally beaten, mocked by Hindu extremists: 'I am ready to die for Christ 

Feb 17 Christian Today

Hindu extremists in Andhra Pradesh, India, brutally beat an elderly pastor and verbally abused his wife amid escalating tension over the presence of a Christian church in their community.
Morning Star News reports that Pastor Eswara Rao Appalabattula was attacked by a group of Hindu extremists after he pleaded with them to stop building a wall meant to block people from attending worship services at his home in L.B. Patnam village, Andhra Pradesh.
"They wanted to build a wall right in front of the church and ban us from using the path," Appalabattula told ...

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British MP Debbie Abrahams Deported from Delhi airport

Feb 17 National Herald

A British MP heading a parliamentary group on Kashmir on Monday claimed she was denied entry into India despite a valid visa after she landed at the airport in New Delhi, a charge denied by the government which said she had been informed that her e-visa was cancelled.
Debbie Abrahams, a Labour Party member and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kashmir, said in a statement that she arrived in Delhi on Monday morning and was informed that her e-visa, which was valid till October 2020, had been cancelled. A Home Ministry spokesperson said the British parliamentarian had been duly informed that her..

Vigilante attacks on Christians increase

Feb 17 Matters India

The odd barking dog was the only thing that cut through the silence as Jai Singh stirred in his bed in his unadorned two-room house in the sleepy, sun-bathed village of Bitchpuri.
After a simple breakfast with his wife the pastor led the morning prayers at his home for several of the village’s 120-strong Christian population.
But the peace was suddenly shattered as the air filled with the sound of anti-Christian slogans outside. Flinging open the door, he was faced with an irate mob of around 200 people. Before he could reason with them, the crowd beat him and his 15-year-old son and dragged him to the village square. “They hit me with their fists and then took me into the temple....

Modi Hindu nationalism gives rise to vigilante attacks on Christians

Feb 16 Telegraph UK

Churches torched and priests charged with 'conversion' for owning bibles
The odd barking dog was the only thing that cut through the silence as Jai Singh stirred in his bed in his unadorned two-room house in the sleepy, sun-bathed village of Bitchpuri. After a simple breakfast with his wife the pastor led the morning prayers at his home for several of the village’s 120-strong Christian population.
But the peace was suddenly shattered as the air filled with the sound of anti-Christian slogans outside. Flinging open the door, he was faced with an irate mob of around 200 people. Before he could reason with ....

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Five Christians falsely accused of forced conversions arrested in Uttar Pradesh.

Feb 17 Christianity Today

In Udaypatty village in Uttar Pradesh, five Christians falsely accused of engaging in forced conversions were arrested and kept in police custody overnight on February 11.
The five Christians were arrested when they had gathered for a prayer service at 12 in the noon.
According to one of the accused, a mob of radical Hindus along with two police officials from the Barasti Police Station entered the prayer service shortly after it had started the disturbed the gathering. They accused the Christians of forced conversions and took them into custody.
"We have been harassed several times in the past," Sunder Bhardwaj, one of the accused Christians... 

Police arrested a Pastor on false charges in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Feb 13, Christianity Today

A small house church pastor and his family in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh were taken into police custody for a crime that they did not commit and questioned until 1:30 in the morning.
The incident took place on February 9, after the members of the Bajrang Dal broke into pastor Sanjay Raj Singh's house church and disturbed the Sunday worship service. According to pastor Singh, the radicals manhandled the congregation and verbally abused the Christians. International Christian Concern (ICC) reported that the radicals were carrying Hindu idols with them. When they entered the house church, they broke the idols on the ...

Church Decimated after Upper-Caste Hindus Stir Hostilities in Andhra Pradesh, India 

Feb 13, Morningstar news

Attacks and harassment of a house church in southern India have decimated the 40-member congregation and left the pastor injured and demoralized.
Pastor Eswara Rao Appalabattula on Jan. 27 pleaded with about a dozen local residents to stop building a wall meant to block people from attending worship services at his home in L.B. Patnam village, Andhra Pradesh. Led by a local Hindu extremist, the group attacked him, breaking his hand, he said. “They wanted to build a wall right in front of the church and ban us from using the path,” Pastor Appalabattula told Morning Star News. ....” 

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Christians happy for Arvind Kejriwal victory, a blow to Modi's hatred.

Feb 12 Asian News

Arvind Kejriwal's landslide victory in Saturday’s Delhi[*] election is a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies of hatred, local Christian community leaders told AsiaNews. The anti-corruption Aam Aadmi[†] Party (AAP) took 62 seats out of 70, giving its leader a third mandate as Delhi Chief Minister.
The other eight seats went to the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Congress party, which hoped for a better result, was completely shut out. For Michael Williams, president of the United Christian Forum, "APA’s victory by an overwhelming majority clearly shows that the politics of polarisation and hatred have no room in the nation’s capital  ....

Arrested for holding a ‘Padayatra’ (walkathon) in the state of Uttar Pradesh, draconian conditions for bail.

Feb 13 National Herald

The 12 ‘Padayatris’ had undertaken a walk to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Rajghat in New Delhi, starting from Gorakhpur. They wanted to spread the message of goodwill and communal harmony and talk to people on the way.
They covered some 200 Kilometres between February 4 and February 11, when they were arrested by Ghazipur Police for the crime of walking without permission. And when their bail application was moved the next day, the SDM court-ordered stringent conditions and demanded that each of them submit bonds amounting to ₹2.5 . ....

Pastor arrested on false charges in Uttar Pradesh, India

Feb 13, Christianity Today

A small house church pastor and his family in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh were taken into police custody for a crime that they did not commit and questioned until 1:30 in the morning.
The incident took place on February 9, after the members of the Bajrang Dal broke into pastor Sanjay Raj Singh's house church and disturbed the Sunday worship service.
According to pastor Singh, the radicals manhandled the congregation and verbally abused the Christians.
International Christian Concern (ICC) reported that the radicals were carrying Hindu idols with them. When they entered the house church, they broke the idols on the floor.  ..

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Mr. Modi's party workers chase and humiliate Christians in the state of Andhra.

Feb 10, Christian Today

An offensive video of a man chasing a group of Christians in an attempt to purify them from their faith using water mixed with cow dung dragged attention on social media on February 7. Speaking to AsiaNews, Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), said "This is the pathetic situation in which Christians live, ..." The video was posted with a comment that said, "Christian pastors came to foist their propaganda and conversions but were chased away by throwing water mixed with dung on their faces,"  ...

Communal venom did not help BJP in Delhi polls; Modi-Shah duo’s hyper-nationalism loses

Feb 11 National Herald

Few would have expected the Aam Admi Party (AAP) to repeat its stellar performance of five years ago when it won 67 out of the 70 Delhi assembly seats. ...However, it is also undeniable that the BJP put up a creditable fight, running the AAP close in a number of seats. There has also been an eight per cent jump in the BJP’s vote share from 32.8 per cent in 2015 although it has dropped sharply from the 56.9 per cent which the party received in last year’s parliamentary polls ....

Hindu Extremists in Southern India Beat Christian Children, Accuse Worshippers

Feb 8 Morningstar News

Hindu extremists in southern India who beat Christian children during worship on Jan. 19 and then filed a police complaint against the congregation left them with a warning. “If we hear that you stepped out of your homes and told anybody about this, we will set your homes on fire and will burn you alive,’” some of the 20 assailants told Christians gathered for worship on the terrace of a home in Malasamudra village, Karnataka state, according to those present.......

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